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All eyes on Mbalula over e-tolls

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The rejection by citizens of the e-tolls project has had massive ramifications for national government and Sanral

Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/African News Agency (ANA)

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula may find he will need more time to meet President Cyril Ramaphosa’s August deadline to resolve the e-tolls crisis.

The issue has been dragging on for the past eight years and has been recently exacerbated by the Twitter spat between national and provincial government over the collection of e-tolls.

The Gauteng provincial government’s stance, that its citizens feel overtaxed and e-tolling will push them over the edge, contradicts the views of national government and Sanral who have invested in the infrastructure for the e-tolls and need to justify the spend as well as show a return on investment.

The latter’s argument is that money collected from e-tolls will improve the quality of Gauteng freeways and can generate revenue for other infrastructure projects.

The rejection by citizens of the e-tolls project has had massive ramifications for national government and Sanral.

Instead of rolling out the project throughout the country, e-tolls were stopped in their tracks because people felt they were overburdened with taxation and simply refused to pay.

All eyes will now be on Mbalula to see if he can, in a short space of time, come up with a solution that addresses the concerns of all the concerned parties. If he fails to do this, then the issue could drag on for years.